News

October, 2020

  • 22 October

      Fresh from WowWee is this bit of hybrid kit, they’ll likely not thank me for the comparison to BopIt but it’s difficult to avoid but there’s much more to do with this one. The other reference I’d make is towards that classic SIMON game, perhaps its the colours, more …

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  • 20 October

    Soft toys designed by kids – IKEA 2020 range is here

    Another word that trips off the tongue from the furniture folk, this time it’s SAGOSKATT and its the annual competition where they have kids send in pictures of soft toys they’d like to see made. This years are superb, they retail at a fiver but when they’re gone they’re gone. …

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  • 20 October

    All kinds of Play patterns in this pack

    Charity London Play devised this pack of 52 things-to-do as past of their pandemic lockdown play packs and they went out to 2,000 kids. Now they’re available to buy, and, at just short of a fiver going to said charity they’re danged good value. The cards each feature a playful …

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  • 20 October

    LEGO Ideas launches Xmas comp

    If you fancy your chances at bagging a bunch of LEGO Star Wars sets then head over THIS way. The IDEAS team are looking for, erm, ideas, on how you might make one of the following Star Wars icons into a seasonal scene : Millennium Falcon TIE Fighter X-Wing Fighter …

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  • 19 October

    Another top toys list anyone? Here’s two, you’re welcome.

    Tesco and Hamley’s have sent out their top selling toys for Christmas predictions list and, well, there’s a hint of déjà vu, just a modicum, only saying. LEGO Mario starter set, dogs that unbox themselves (Present Pets, Paw Patrol Dino set, Rainbocorns, Laser Battle Hunters, Rollin’ Rovee all make both …

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  • 19 October

    Wooden wind-up wonders

    From Bikes to Birds, cars to creatures this range of mechanical wooden toys from EWA blew us away over the weekend. DEcent build, lots of details, and, moving parts to marvel at. Prices from around €30 upwards, well worth a punt for xmas gifting (hard-to-buy-fors especially).

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  • 18 October

    Fisher Price museum open for business

      Each exhibit has been lovingly crafted by renowned U.S. artist and designer Leila Fakouri – who has previously designed sets for brands including Chanel, Nike, Gap and Levis – and features a classic Fisher-Price toy that has been stylised to match the look and feel of the decade the toy was first on …

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  • 16 October

    Smyths Toys partners with Great Ormond Street Hospital

      Smyths Toys have teamed up with Funko to create a Smyths Toys exclusive POP! Vinyl of their lovable brand character, Oscar – and all profits are going to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) to help support seriously ill children. Starting from 15 October, the Oscar POP! …

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  • 14 October

    Family games to bust Boxing Day boredom

    Ye Ole Telegraph gave me a platform to round up my favourite family games, HERE  it is brilliant (if I say so myself). https://www.telegraph.co.uk/christmas/0/best-family-board-games-christmas-2020/

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  • 13 October

    For the Final Countdown – Advent Calendars for Kidults

    Forget your chocolate infused countdown calendars, actually, do buy one of those as your secondary December countdown kit but do consider one of these as your primary piece (lasting much longer than that melt-in-the-mouth stuff).   Friends Advent – £24.99 from Firebox Packed with memorabilia, stationery and games its ideal …

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  • 12 October

    Knock your blocks off

    It is an absolute classic, invented a few decades back as a post-pub party game and it’s not one of the most recognisable brands on the toy block – Jenga. they try new variants, none come close to the original (although the XL version is a fine bit of kit), …

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  • 8 October

    Sayonara 747

    So British Airways flew their two Boing 747 aircraft out of Heathrow for the very last time today. We’ve been lucky enough to fly on one of these beasts. Half a decade since these aircraft were introduced and there are still well over 300 still flying but today marked a …

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  • 8 October

    Sleuths sought for undercover work

     Thames & Kosmos UK have given us the nudge about their Master Detective Toolkit and we cannot wait to unleash our inner Columbo, Kojak, Starsky/Hutch, Poirot, DCI Jane Tennison, Rebus and Luther! –  Just compiling a combination of clothing/accessories from each would be fun. Anyways, back to the sets themselves, …

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  • 6 October

    Puzzling price tag for World’s smallest Rubik Cube

    Measuring in at a mere 9.9mm and weighting in at two grams, this ultra-precision plaything is made from aluminium aluminum toy, comes with its own pedestal and small enough to sit on a 1p coin – all this for 198,00 Yen, $1,900 or about £1,480.  “We sought to create an …

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  • 5 October

    Top toy list with a few twists from Smyths Toys

    We’ve seen a few lists these past few weeks, many included the usual subjects but this one from Smyths has some new entries : WWE Wrekkin’ Slambulance Pokémon Carry Case Star Wars Mandalorian The Child Animatronic L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Remix 4-in-1 Plane and Remix dolls Barbie Princess Adventure Prance & …

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